Juan E. Nieremberg, American Wonders, and Preterimperial Natural History
This chapter examines seventeenth-century American nature and the discipline of natural history, focusing on the ascetic Jesuit writer, Juan E. Nieremberg. It examines Nieremberg's works on natural philosophy and natural history: the Curiosa y oculta filosofía (Curious and Obscure Philosophy, 1649), which deals with wonders and curiosities of nature; and Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae (History of Nature, the Greatest Pilgrim; 1635), a miscellaneous work that lies in between travel literature and treatises of exotic therapeutics.
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